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What are the chances of coming out of remission of leukemia?

What are the chances of coming out of remission of leukemia?

It depends: It all depends upon the type of leukemia. Leukemia is not one disease and response rates vary according to the type of leukemia. ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

A malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more


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My best friend is in remission from stage 4 leukemia. Is there a large chance that it will return?

My best friend is in remission from stage 4 leukemia. Is there a large chance that it will return?

Need more info: We need to know: what type of Leukemia does he have? In young adults it could be AML or ALL. They have differing prognosis (ALL is more curable). When did he achieve Complete remission (CR)? The risk of relapse is higher in the first 2 years after CR and then it decreases with each year. So this time table is important. How old is your friend and where was he/she treated? Which Medical facility? ...Read more

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How do you know if you are in remission for leukemia or not?

How do you know if you are in remission for leukemia or not?

Bone marrow: Your doctor will perform a bone marrow biopsy to tell if the treatment has been successful. ...Read more

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What percentage of people with adult chronic leukemia in remission?

What percentage of people with adult chronic leukemia in remission?

More info needed: There are several types of chronic leukemia. Can you be more specific in what you would like to know? ...Read more

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What are the percentages of adult chronic leukemia going into remission?

What are the percentages of adult chronic leukemia going into remission?

Depends on type.: The most common chronic leukemia is chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll). With initial treatment with the most aggressive treatments, such as fcr have a response rate of 95% and complete remission rate of 70%. Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) has a 95% rate of complete cytogenetic response for chronic phase patients receiving initial therapy with the latest drugs. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a person with chronic lgl leukemia that is under control but not in remission?

What is the life expectancy of a person with chronic lgl leukemia that is under control but not in remission?

Years: This is a rare entity with a good prognosis. It responds to treatment, but is not completely eliminated. ...Read more

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How long after being in remission with leukemia are you be considered cancer free?

Difficult question: Part of this depends on the type of leukemia: acute or chronic. The standard thought is 5 years for acute leukemia. However, the risk of relapse is significantly high in the first 2 years, so every year after this reduces the risk of recurrence significantly if you are followed closely by your oncologist. ...Read more

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I have leukemia but now in remission and I want to know if I can get and piercings or tattoos?

Depends on labs: Universal precautions (clean needles, etc) should be used independent of leukemia status. You could get tattoos/piercings otherwise if your labs were okay -- platelet count normal (or >50k), WBC (particularly absolute neutrophil count = ANC normal). Check with your treating physician first of course. ...Read more

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I read that apl leukemia is very curable now but my cousin died from it after being in remission for 1.5 years. Why?

I read that apl leukemia is very curable now but my cousin died from it after being in remission for 1.5 years. Why?

EVERY CASE: Is DIFFERENT and many times when a disease like Leukemia recurs it does as a slightly different type. Besides that consideration COMPLICATIONS of THERAPY (eg infection) leads to untoward results.

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What happens if a patient has been in remission for leukemia and there is a possible reoccurence. How do we assign icd 9?

Unusual question: Newly diagnosed leukemia has ICD-9 code ending in. 00 (acute lymphoblastic leukemia is 204.00 for example). Acute lymphoblastic leukemia in remission is 204.01. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia in relapse is 204.02. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a tattoo considering that I had leukemia 20 years ago that has since been in remission?

Maybe not: There has been some concern of transmission of hepatitis b and c virus through tattoong. We cannot assume that all needles and paint in tattooing parlors are sterilized appropriately. Besides, tattooing produces micro wounds to the skin with the theoretical possibility of producing wounds and infection. I would probably advice against it. ...Read more

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What does high blast cells mean that show up in a regular cbc? I have leukemia n can't go into remission, so I feel like my doctor has given up on me.

What does high blast cells mean that show up in a regular cbc? I have leukemia n can't go into remission, so I feel like my doctor has given up on me.

Consult: I'm sorry about your illness. Some types of leukemia are often curable; others are not. The fact that you have written tells me that this is time for a review by a second specialist in leukemia -- not because I suspect error, but because communication may have broken down. You have an absolute right both to clear answers (outlook, options) and to feel cared-for regardless of your illness's course. ...Read more

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25f, leukemia (aml) since 2011, can't go bk into remission, WBC is now 53.7. They started me on hdyrea, is this going to help my WBC go down?

25f, leukemia (aml) since 2011, can't go bk into remission, WBC is now 53.7. They started me on hdyrea, is this going to help my WBC go down?

AML and Hydrea (hydroxyurea): Hydrea (hydroxyurea) can definitely make white cells lower and will help calm down the aml, but it doesn't have the ability to put AML into remission. Its effects are usually temporary. Have a long talk with your oncologist about all possible options at this point so you can make an informed decision. Please consider stopping smoking in the meantime, because cigarettes are one of the things that can cause aml. ...Read more

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What are reasons that a 19 yr old all leukemia patient who achieved remission through chemo be unable to have it again when he relapses a year later?

What are reasons that a 19 yr old all leukemia patient who achieved remission through chemo be unable to have it again when he relapses a year later?

Chemo should work.: Certainly this is a bad situation, and I am sorry for you. But this is fairly common. There are well established protocols for the treatment of early relapses of all. I would get several opinions, if you have been told that treatment options are limited. ...Read more

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I previously had leukemia for 3 years and am now in remission and have been for 10 years. Am experiencing swollen lymph nodes that grow and r everywher?

I previously had leukemia for 3 years and am now in remission and have been for 10 years. Am experiencing swollen lymph nodes that grow and r everywher?

Evaluation needed: Generalized lymph node enlargement in a person with a prior history of hematologic malignancy requires further evaluation. Please see your primary care or oncologist as soon as possible. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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If I have had hairy cell leukemia, is it safe to have an epidural injection for back pain? I am 63 and have been in remission for 7 yrs.

If I have had hairy cell leukemia, is it safe to have an epidural injection for back pain? I am 63 and have been in remission for 7 yrs.

Yes: I am unaware of any contraindications to performing an epidural steroid injection in patients with cancer (unless of course the tumor is in the direct route of the needle). ...Read more

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I had a similar condition as leukemia but I am in remision, can I get pregnant still?

I had a similar condition as leukemia but I am in remision, can I get pregnant still?

It depends: Not sure what you mean by a similar condition. Whether you can get pregnant still is based on what treatments you had, your age and your menstrual status. This is something that you need to discuss with a gynecologist. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is in remission from leukima and latelly he's been in pain an having a lot of bloody noses?

My boyfriend is in remission from leukima and latelly he's been in pain an having a lot of bloody noses?

Oncologist: Immediate consult with his oncologist is recommended since frequent uncontrollable bleeding in a patient previously diagnosed with leukemia may indicate the presence of relapse. That, however, does not mean a relapse is certain; other causes are possible. ...Read more

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What are the chances of beating chronic leukemia?

What are the chances of beating chronic leukemia?

Chronic leukemia: 2 big groups of chronic leukemia are- chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (cll). The chance of beating CML is very good as the response to daily tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy is amazing and the remission rate is high. In cll, however, therapy usually won't be needed on diagnosis if there is no indication. Also, many times people die of something else and not due to cll. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving hairy cell leukemia?

What are the chances of surviving hairy cell leukemia?

Over 90%!: If I had to pick a leukemia to have, this would be the one. Most patients go into remission permanently with their first cycle of a drug called cladribine. Patients who don't usually respond to a second cycle of treatment with the same drug, or to removal of their spleen. It's a curable leukemia! It's named for the hairy projections on the cells. ...Read more

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Chances of curing acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adults?

Chances of curing acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adults?

See below: About 80-90% of patients will achieve remission, but some of these patients will relapse and not be cured. Overall cure is achieved in about 40%. Those numbers come from this link: http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/leukemia-acutelymphocyticallinadults/overviewguide/leukemia-all-overview-survival-rates. ...Read more

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What are the chances of curing childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Good.: This disease is curable in 80% of cases. There are many findings of the leukemia that can effect the prognosis. Some findings make the curability higher, some make it lower. Overall, there are good treatments for this disease. ...Read more

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My ex bf just got diagnosed with leukemia cancer. Is there any chance that he could survive?

Yes: It depends on the type of leukemia. There are many different types, and some have a better prognosis and will go into remission or have disease free intervals. However, some are very aggressive and the long term survival is poor. ...Read more

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Is adult leukemia treatable and if you have a sibling what are the chances of them being a good donor?

Is adult leukemia treatable and if you have a sibling what are the chances of them being a good donor?

Yes, 25%: Yes, adult leukemia are treatable. The treatment would depend on the type of leukemia, the biology of the leukemia etc. -the formula for calculating the chances of a particular person having an hla-matched sibling is 1 − (0.75)n, where n denotes the number of potential sibling donors. In general, a patient with one sibling has a 25% chance of having a match. ...Read more

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Okay what is my chances with atelectosis if I have leukemia and if I have really bad health? Could it kill me? Or harm me? In some way

This is important: You describe yourself as having "leukemia" yet worrying whether atelectasis, an x-ray sign that can be trivial or very serious depending on the context, is a threat to your life. Please forgive my frankness. You need to get with your personal physician and find out exactly what the score is. Do you actually have leukemia? If so, what type? Focus on this. Educate and empower yourself. ...Read more

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My brother the age of 6 died of leukemia before I was born and my grandfather also died of leukemia at a older age of 65.What are my chances?

Genetic testing: Is available along with genetic counseling. Risk assesment depends if you carry particular genes or gene mutations. Please talk to your doctor ...Read more

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What're the chances of someone inheriting chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

What're the chances of someone inheriting chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

Rare: There have been familial cases reported and my partner and I had a brother and a sister. The brother has never required therapy yet but the sister did. Mayo clinic is doing a study on familial cases. Mainly taking blood and studying it. It is an ongoing study so the results are not available yet. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having leukemia at age 95?

Rare: Leukemia is generally rare, though some types are more common than others. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is the most common in this age group. ...Read more

Remission (Definition)

This is related to act of remitting. A condition or period n which something is remitted. It is not a cure. Complete remission means that there is no sign or symptoms of the condition like cancer or another condition partial remission means some ...Read more